Temperature and precipitation predict wildfires (if there’s something there to burn; i.e., it’s not the Sahara)

University of Missouri-Columbia: A team of researchers is continuing an effort to research how climate influences wildfire frequency. The group developed the Physical Chemical Fire Frequency Model just a few years ago. The model focuses on two variables — temperature and precipitation — to understand how climate drives wildfire across the world. Past fire years are detected on trees as …

Massive storms and Western Atlantic sea level rise resulted from slightly warmer temperatures and moderate CO2 concentrations over a hundred thousand years ago

Geologic evidence is the forerunner of ominous prospects for a warming Earth, October 12, 2017, Science Daily While strong seasonal hurricanes have devastated many of the Caribbean and Bahamian islands this year, geologic studies on several of these islands illustrate that more extreme conditions existed in the past. A new analysis shows that the limestone islands of the Bahamas and …

Reduced rainfall in the SW through late summer and fall, and in the longterm, due to climate disruption

ScienceDaily 18 Oct 2017 excerpt …Results highlight the possibility of a strong precipitation reduction in the northern edge of the monsoon in the southwestern US in response to warming, with consequences for regional water resources, agriculture and ecosystems. “Monsoon rains are critical for the southwest U.S. and northwest Mexico, yet the fate of the North American monsoon is quite uncertain,” …

“How are we going to pay for this?” agencies ask re: climate change costs?

Whether it is 4½ feet of sea level rise by 2100 that would leave more than 75,000 people in San Francisco and Alameda County vulnerable to inundation, and threaten $100 billion worth of existing property along the California coast… Or 137 large wildfires raging across 7.8 million acres in what might be the worst fire season ever Agencies are asking, …

Western climate news, thanks to the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the 7.9 million acres burned so far this year nationwide exceed the 2006-16 average by more than 50 percent. California, Oregon, and, especially Montana have the most wildfires, with Montana alone having 23 separate large wildfires. Abnormally dry and hot conditions in that state, documented by the September 5th Western regional Drought Monitor produced by the U.S. …

Reuters: climate change connection to US road deaths

By Reuters, and the Independent UK 31 Aug 2017, by Sebastian Malo NEW YORK, Aug 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Climate change – not increased use of cell phones – might be to blame for an unusual spike in road deaths that hit the United States two years ago, said a study published on Thursday. The study said people might have used their …

Highlights from Fred Pearce and Joe Romm

Fred Pearce – notes from With Speed & Violence, references are to the Kindle page number “Concern about our raw materials casts a dark shadow over mankind,” he wrote, in an early outburst of twentieth century environmental concern. “Our descendants surely will censure us for having squandered their just birthright.” His great fear was that oil supplies would dry up, …

Asian typhoons becoming more intense, have grown 50% stronger in the past 40 years due to warming seas

By Damian Carrington in The Guardian, 2016  On 7 July 2015, satellite images showed the Pacific Ocean with two typhoons, one tropical storm, one formation alert and one large area of increased convection. Photograph: JMA MTSAT-2/NOAA The destructive power of the typhoons that wreak havoc across China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines has intensified by 50% in the past 40 years due …

Like Exxon, Utilities Knew about Climate Change Risks Decades Ago: A new report shows through documents and testimony how utilities researched climate change and determined in the 1970s that it could force a shift away from coal.

Update – 27 August 2017 – ExxonMobil Lied About Climate Change For 40 Years — New Study, August 27th, 2017 by Steve Hanley, CleanTechnica.com  The Attorneys General for the states of New York and Massachusetts are on a mission. They seek to prove in court that ExxonMobil has consistently lied about what it knew about the relationship between burning the fossil fuels it supplies to …